Cheek Swab Collection Tips
• DDC Veterinary’s lab has successfully performed DNA testing from a variety of swab types. We are happy to provide DNA kits containing 4 buccal swabs made from spun polyester Dacron with plastic handles.
• If DDC’s kits are not available at the time you are collecting the sample, we suggest using sterile cotton swabs with plastic handles. We do NOT accept cytol brushes or sponge applicators. Some swab types may contain materials that will interfere with testing.
• Cheek swabs can be collected on cats at any age, even on nursing kittens. If the kittens are nursing, separate them from the mother for about 30 minutes (long enough that they do not have milk in their mouth when you go to swab them).
• Avoid swabbing the cat if it has food or debris in its mouth. If the swabs look dirty after you collect the sample, this was probably the case. Let the cat drink some water and wait about 20 minutes and then try re-swabbing the cat.
• Gently, but firmly rub the swab inside the cat’s cheek. Be sure to make good contact with the inside of the cheek. The object is to collect loose skin cells, not saliva.